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Solid waste is an increasing problem in today’s “throw- away” culture. From single Additional Resources serving food containers and food waste Visit the Green Country Stormwater itself to junk mail and toner cartridges, Alliance web site listed below for more household waste is abundant. When details about recycling and reuse it enters a landfill or washes into the stormwater system it has a huge impact on water quality. The EPA suggests the following 12 ways to reduce solid waste. 1 Reduce the amount of unnecessary packaging 2 Adopt practices that reduce waste toxicity A Homeowner’s Guide 3 Consider reusable products to Recycling & Reuse 4 Maintain and repair durable products 5 Reuse bags, containers, water bottles and other items. Contact Information 6 Borrow, rent or share items that are used For more information about stormwater protection, infrequently contact the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division at 405-702-8100 7 Sell or donate goods instead of throwing or visit the DEQ web site at them out www.deq.state.ok.us/WQDnew/stormwater/index.html 8 Choose recyclable products and For stormwater related complaints, call the DEQ statewide hotline at 1-800-522-0206. This number is containers, and recycle them. answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Citizens may 9 Select products made from recycled fill out an online complaint form at the DEQ web site at www.deq.state.ok.us/ECLSnew/Complaints/onlncmpl.htm materials and submit it electronically to the DEQ. The site also provides contact links to DEQ. 10 Compost yard waste and food scraps For local information about recycling, 11 Educate others and state your visit www.metrecycle.com. preferences to manufacturers and merchants 12 Reduce waste creatively! Brochure Rev.: 10-26-06 Get to know the Three R’s: Recycle, Reuse and Reduce Recycle Reuse Reduce Consumption Recycling at home is not just for aluminum cans Taking your own coffee mug to work is an obvious Little-used items, such as power tools and party any more. Recycling now includes many of the way to reuse a product, avoiding a “throw-away” goods, are the ideal candidates for rental items — following items: item such as a Styrofoam or for sharing with friends and family members. • Food clippings and yard waste cup. Other ideas include: The same holds true for newspapers, magazines, • Paper and cardboard, including newspaper, • Buying rechargeable camera equipment and other goods. office paper, mail, phone books and more batteries and printer • Household batteries cartridges Reducing consumption may also include: • Paint and household chemicals • Using cloth napkins, • Purchasing clothing at resale shops or holding • Electronic products (see below). sponges and dishcloths clothing “swaps” with others at your school, • Avoiding single-use items place of worship, or community center The EPA and its WasteWise program have set • Recycling plastic containers and egg cartons • Purchasing energy efficient items such as a national goal of a 35 percent recycling rate into craft, garden or art containers compact fluorescent light bulbs, low flow for municipal solid wastes by 2008. Look for • Mulching with existing yard and food waste faucets and toilets, or ENERGY STAR® resources in your city to help meet this goal. (see “Greenscaping” below) products • Reusing gift and store bags for other purposes • Borrowing books, DVDs or CDs from the library E-cycling • Considering whether or not you need a bag • Purchasing products with recycled content or In the past decade, our growing reliance on at all when purchasing items. that have packages or containers made from electronics has given rise to a new environmental recycled materials challenge: safe and resource- Greenscaping • Contacting the Mail Preference Service of the wise management of electronic Home landscaping and yardwork generates literally Direct Marketing Association to have your waste. Electronics are a fast tons of waste every year. In fact, yard waste is name removed from growing portion of America's second only to paper in the municipal solid waste mailing lists, thereby trash—with 250 million com- stream. Plus, pesticides and fertilizers used on reducing the amount puters estimated to have lawns and gardens are major threats to water of advertising mail become obsolete in 2005. And quality. Greenscaping involves some of the delivered to your electronics are made with valuable materials. following practices: home or post box In 1998, over 112 million pounds of materials • Reusing yard waste such as grass clippings • Asking yourself, “Do I were recovered from electronics including steel, to mulch and to reduce soil erosion really need it?” Often, the answer is “No” glass, plastic, and precious metals. Look for • Composting household waste — grass • Checking your ecological footprint (the places in your area to e-cycle electronics such clippings, fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee amount of productive land and water it as computers, TVs, cell phones, VCRs and grounds, shredded newspaper and more takes to support your lifestyle) at more. Visit www.metrecycle.com or • Using plants and beneficial insects as an www.earthday.net/footprint/index.asp www.plugintorecycling.org for more resources. alternative to insecticides.
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